The Dancin’ Man’s inside scoop on Dancing With the Stars
We’re bringing you a new feature at Buzz called The Dancin’ Man: choreographer-to-the-stars and Dance Las Vegas impresario JT Horenstein is sharing his exclusive, behind-the-scenes Dancing With The Stars commentary. He’s choreographing some of the show this season, and he’s worked with stars like Keira Knightley, Britney Spears, Garth Brooks, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Nicole Sherzinger, and Barbra Sreisand, just to name a few.
Every week, JT will share insights and amusing asides about the episodes. Tonight is a performance show, so come back Wednesday for The Dancin’ Man’s full analysis. In the meantime, here are his predictions for the rest of the season, plus unsolicited advice on how to improve your sex life. (The two are related, we promise.) Let’s just cut to the chase: who’ll win?
This season is packed with some pretty great dancers who are really not dancers, unlike Nicole Sherzinger from two seasons ago. She was a dancer. My pick to walk away with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy is none other than The Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio. His first performance was stellar. I was so impressed with the amount of dance technique he already has and he really is not a dancer. His energy and enthusiasm are both the highest level. Every year I always pick who will win and usually I am correct. Kirstie Alley is clearly great at getting attention for herself, but can she back it up with moves?
Kirstie is doing a fine job so far. She is a fan fave, and I think that it is fantastic for a plus-size girl to be a part of this year’s competition. Although, I think as the season moves further on, her weight just may be a hindrance when it comes time to perform more advanced and technical lifts and tricks. If she and her partner Max pull this off, it will only be because of his strength AND her guts, which she will need a lot of. I am a fan of Kirstie’s, but do not see her as the winner. Sorry!
Who has really blown it so far?
That doesn’t sound very harsh. Come on!
Wendy Williams has got to get over herself. She has such a huge persona and so much energy in real life and on her own talk show. What is wrong with her here? She is a big bundle of nerves. The only thing standing in her way is herself! Wendy, show us what you are made of. Give us some passion and fire, just as Bruno would say! Thank you. Now: who are the pro dancers on the show you admire and the ones you don’t?
My favorite pro partner so far is Dmitry Chaplin. I am so glad to see him back with the show this season! He really works well with dancers and non-dancers a like. Plus, he has that “it-factor.” Max: watch out this year, Dmitry just may steal your thunder! And I am always a fan of Cheryl Burke. She seems like the most professional. She really drills her partner and gets them motivated, pushing them to the limit, and that’s what this show is all about.
I would not want Lacey Schwimmer as a partner or choreographer on the show. Her lines are lazy and I think she jokes around in rehearsals too much. You should be more of a disciplinarian, getting your partner to attain that week’s goal. The producers seem to love her… I do not! She needs to get her dance lines under control and her body in shape. She is not a good example of the high standard for this wonderful show! Enough about the “dancing.” Which judge is the most awful?
I am in love with all three judges. [Editor's Note: Yawn.] I think they all have wonderful, critical, helpful comments. They all have different points of view, but they all work really well together. I think some of the scores were a little on the low side, considering this was the dancers’ first try at this game, but I am sure we will be seeing 8s, 9s and 10s very soon, and hopefully for my boy Ralph! Does Brooke Burke hide a flask inside her dresses?
Tom B and Brooke Burke keep the show moving. Brooke is a definite improvement. She is warm and friendly, professional and accessible. Any last thoughts as the series gets going?
I look forward to seeing how this season unfolds. As a professional choreographer and dance director, I always have strong opinions. I hope I can help make heads or tails of what will happen this season for you! Until then, get your dancin’ shoes out and do a few steps yourself. Dancing will keep you younger and it could improve your sex-life, too! [Editor's Note: Please consult your doctor.]